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Sun, sugar, spice and all things MICE in Mauritius

Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, has all the ingredients for memorable events, especially incentives. With direct daily flights being added regularly, accessibility has never been easier, reports Simon Farnfield. Luxury hotel group Sun Resorts has been helping organisers create memories for their guests for 40 years. It has created a portfolio of four hotel properties, with design at the ...

Overcoming the digital divide in events

Caroline McGuckian, COO at Meshh, offers event organisers some tips for getting the upper hand on their digital cousins. In the race to create a great experience, event organisers can find themselves at a distinct disadvantage to their digital cousins. Whereas the latter can use vast quantities of granular data to optimise their websites and evaluate commercial value, the event organiser has histo...

Maritim’s Mystic Mark on event trends for 2019

This year has seen a number of new and unique trends impact the marketplace. Maritim Hotels’ Director of International Sales, Mark Spivey, looks ahead to likely meeting and event trends for 2019.   Assisting the apprentice: All too often graduates enter the workforce with only theoretical knowledge of the industry and a lack of hands-on experience. Next year the industry will firm up its focus on ...

Leave mush-room in your calendar for Europe’s biggest plant nutrition conference

Europe’s biggest scientific conference on plant-based nutrition is coming to the UK for the very first time. VegMed will be held at King’s College London on 12 and 13 October 2019. It will be the sixth edition of VegMed, and the first outside of Germany. The event will be organised by the ProVeg UK, an international food awareness organisation that aim to tackle world issues through the knowledge ...

BCD Meetings & Events releases ‘The Green White Paper’ sustainability report

BCD Meetings & Events (BCD M&E) has unveiled its latest report, ‘The Green White Paper’, which explores how sustainability affects and plays a part in the meetings, travel and events industry. The report draws on quantitative and qualitative research from more than 350 corporate and event professionals. This is a key example of their continued investment in the industry and their ethical a...

TV host Karamo Brown to join PCMA Convening Leaders 2019

Cultural expert, television host of Queer Eye and activist Karamo Brown will speak at PCMA Convening Leaders 2019, which is taking place from 6-9 January 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event features 9 key themes to inspire attendees on industry issues, such as diversity, inclusion, event strategy and innovation, many of which Brown will speak abou...

Casablanca – open to the world

Stephanie Ackland tracks some of the fast changes helping turn Casablanca into a conference hub. Like many cities in Morocco, change in Casablanca is happening fast, with a booming business hub, new hotels, business parks, multi-use marina, public venues. The economic heart of Morocco clearly has ambitious plans. For business, congresses and events, Casablanca has many inherent advantages. Situate...

TIME for Thailand

CMW’s Richard John joins some key M&I planners for the twin centre delights of Bangkok and Koh Samui.   TIME – The Thailand Incentive and Meetings Exchange – recently brought planners from across the globe to experience what the country had to offer. It was a trip of extremes; from the frenetic stimulation of Bangkok, to the sensual relaxation of Koh Samui, just an hour’s flight away. The...

All aboard for the Eurostar experiences

Ramy Salameh gets aboard a perfectly ‘MICE’ experience on Eurostar. The announcement that Eurostar has recently launched exclusive ‘on-board experiences’ is a realisation of an initiative that the train operator has been working towards for some time to create. In the last few years Eurostar has brought on track new and refurbished stock; introduced technology innovations, arranged bespoke events ...

Safety in numbers

CMW turns attention to innovation in the field of event tech security, exploring topics like GDPR and facial recognition. Geoff Revill (pictured), Krowdthink’s MD and CEO, shines light on GDPR in event tech security. The GDPR has caused great concern in the events industry, especially in event technology. When an event organiser utilises a 3rd party product to obtain or process visitor information...

At the heart of it…

Paul Martin, director of sales for EMEA at event management platform EventsAIR, explores what he feels is at the heart of event success: social media. All event planners understand that one of the primary keys to event success is attendee engagement, however there are a number of ways to achieve this and choosing the right approach for your audience can present a challenge.  One approach that has ...

Edmonton: Building a more sustainable future across Canada

Barb Stuhl-Smith (pictured), the business development account manager at Edmonton Tourism, explores how Edmonton is building a more sustainable future by fostering alternative energy innovation across Canada. With over 2,300 hours of sun per year, solar energy as a renewable resource is swiftly becoming more common in the capital of Alberta – Edmonton aka Canada’s sunniest city. Emerging at an unp...